Petition to Delist the American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus Americanus) in Accordance with Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act

While anecdotal evidence of a historic decline in the range and distribution of N. americanus exists in the public record, there is no evidence that N. americanus is currently in danger of extinction across all or a significant portion of its contemporary range. In fact, the known contemporary range, distribution, and abundance of N. americanus is actually expanding with the application of increased and more effective survey effort, as well as the implementation of multiple captive breeding and reintroduction efforts. Furthermore, at the time of listing, the USFWS was unable to identify any actual threats to current populations of N. americanus and more recent analyses of threats are based largely on speculation and assumption – not actual evidence of downward pressure on the current abundance or distribution of the species.

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